On September 2, 1972 — Roberto Clemente, with his 2,971st hit in a Pirates uniform, breaks Honus Wagner’s record for the most hits in the history of the franchise. The historic blow is a three-run homer off San Francisco hurler Sam McDowell in the bottom of the fourth inning in an eventual 6-3 victory for the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.
Also on September 2, 1972 longtime Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Veale, was sold to the Boston Red Sox, ending his 11-year career in Pittsburgh. From 1964 until 1970, Veale had double digits wins every season, topping out at 18 in 1964. By 1971, he had become a reliever, going 6-0, 6.99 in 37 appearances for the World Champs that year. In 1972, the big, hard-throwing, 36-year-old lefty, had spent most of the season in Triple-A, where he was being used as a starter. Veale’s last appearance for the Pirates came in late April, when he allowed four runs in three innings of relief work. The Red Sox threw him right into the bullpen, using him six times for a total of eight innings and he didn’t allow a single run. He pitched two more years in Boston before he retired. https://history.pittsburghbaseball.com/2020/09/02/this-date-in-pittsburgh-pirates-history-september-2nd-bob-veale-trade/